Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/14/12

At Thursday's workout, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Santiago Casilla was good to go as the closer for the second half.

The right-hander had ended the first half with a blister issue.

Sure enough, once a save situation evolved Friday, Casilla was summoned from the bullpen and closed out the Giants' 5-1 win over the Houston Astros.

However, Casilla didn't open the ninth.

Bochy said after the game that he has a new plan on the ninth-inning front: Setup man Sergio Romo, if he does quick work in the eighth, could get more time in the ninth, at least against one batter.

His cartoonish slider, when he's on, is nearly impossible for right-handers to hit.

So Friday, in the second-half opener, Romo, who got the last two outs in the eighth, came out to begin the ninth with the Giants holding a four-run lead.

Romo got just one out in the ninth and exited with two runners aboard, creating a save situation, and Casilla finished the job for the save. He struck out both batters he faced.

Ending the first half, he blew three save opportunities in four tries. His previous appearance was July 5.

So it was good news for the Giants that Casilla started the second half a lot better than he ended the first half.

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